[Sinn Fein]

14th April 2003

McLaughlin calls for Declaration to be published

Commenting on the statement by the two governments this morning, Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

`` This mornings statement from the two governments recognises the positive IRA statement and the commitment to making the peace process work.

``This follows on from a statement from the two governments on Saturday saying that `fulfilling the promise and the potential of the Good Friday Agreement is a collective responsibility'.

`` Last night we had a statement from the IRA which made clear their commitment to this process and their desire to see it succeed. They also said they had presented another statement to the two governments and clearly this is a positive intervention,

`` It is my belief that there is now an opportunity to get the peace process back on track. These are positive developments, which should be built upon. The two governments should now move and publish their Joint Declaration.''

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